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Efficiency Criteria and the Sen-type Social Welfare Function

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  • Pundarik Mukhopadhaya

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Most of the Social Welfare Functions available in the literature are Paretian, that is increase in anybody's income in the society is welfare augmenting. The Sen type social welfare function possesses this property as well. However, Paretianity is normative criteria and might not be accepted by everybody. This paper has demonstrated this problem of Paretianity and proposes an alternative Social Welfare Function.

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  • Pundarik Mukhopadhaya, 2001. "Efficiency Criteria and the Sen-type Social Welfare Function," Departmental Working Papers wp0114, National University of Singapore, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:nus:nusewp:wp0114
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    1. El-Osta, Hisham S. & Morehart, Mitchell J., 2009. "Welfare Decomposition in the Context of the Life Cycle of Farm Operators: What Does a National Survey Reveal?," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 38(2), pages 1-17, October.

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    Keywords

    Social Welfare Function; Gini Coefficient; Paretianity;

    JEL classification:

    • D39 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Other
    • D69 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Other
    • I39 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Other

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